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Posted on : June 3rd, 2013

Academe to Africa: Connecting Students through Technology & Art at EDS

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Academe of the Oaks students use technology and art to connect with youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tucked away here in East Decatur Station, students from Academe of the Oaks are Skyping with youth a world away in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Over a series of video conferences facilitated by the Global Nomads Group, Academe students learned about the civil wars, genocide and strife in the DRC -not through text books or videos- but by talking directly to kids who are living through the harsh reality of war. Conversations between the groups of students have ranged from intense discussions about the difficulty of living in a war torn country, economics, the universal challenges of adolescence to simply finding reasons for laughter. Continue reading